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Robert Arneson (1930-1992, USA)

Pink Self-Portrait 
1977
Ceramic, ht. 7, wd. 5, dp. 2.75 in. 

These small self-portrait busts by Robert Arneson seemed like trinkets when they first appeared over thirty years ago but have become among the most sought after of his works.  Modeled with economy and skill, they carry the vigor and immediacy of sketches. Arneson, the father of the Bay-Area Funk Movement in ceramics (a title he disliked) is the most influential American ceramic sculptor of the second half of the 20th century. He has had an impact on the field worldwide. His works are in scores of major museums including the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Reference: Similar works are illustrated in Robert Arneson, Big idea: The Maquettes of Robert Arneson, Palo Alto” Art Center, 2001.

Provenance:Private Collection. Acquired directly from the Artist.

Estimate: $14,000 - $16,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$16,800
10/29/2012

 

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